2018 - 2019 Regulations - Feral Hogs

Wild HogsFeral or wild hogs occur in the wild in every county of the state. They compete directly with native wildlife species, damage plants, agricultural crops, and threaten public and livestock health. It is illegal to remove a hog from the wild alive unless it is taken pursuant to a permit issued by the SCDNR at a cost of $50 (50-16-25).

All hogs taken pursuant to a permit must be tagged in each ear with tags provided by the Department and may only be released onto the same tract of land or into a permitted hog hunting enclosure within the county where the hogs were captured. Hogs taken under permit within a county cannot be transported into or through another county.

Swine brucellosis

Swine brucellosis is caused by a bacteria and is primarily a reproductive tract disease in wild pigs that can be transmitted to humans. Infections are manifested by flu-like symptoms including fever, headaches, muscle and joint soreness and weakness. The fatality rate in humans is very low, but the disease often is prolonged and debilitating. Humans have contracted swine brucellosis from handling and dressing wild swine. This disease is present in many wild hog populations in SC. Persons dressing wild swine should take the following precautions:

  1. use disposable rubber gloves and protective eyeglasses while dressing the carcass,
  2. minimize handling of the reproductive tracts of both sexes,
  3. dispose of waste parts by burying or burning,
  4. clean up with hot water and soap after processing, and
  5. cook meat thoroughly to 160º F prior to eating.

Hog Hunting Seasons and Regulations

A hunting license is required, however there is no closed season on hunting feral hogs on private land statewide during daylight hours. The use of bait and electronic calls is legal on private lands statewide.

Feral hogs may be hunted at night on a registered property on which a person has a lawful right to hunt, using any legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow. This includes the use of bait, electronic calls, artificial lights, and night vision devices. A property may be registered online on the SCDNR website (www.dnr.sc.gov/nighthunt), and must be registered annually. It is unlawful to hunt feral hog at night on property not registered with SCDNR. Persons convicted of night hunting for deer, bear, or turkey during the previous five years are ineligible to hunt feral hogs at night.

No feral hog hunting with firearms is allowed at night within 300 yards of a residence without the permission of the occupant; however, this does not apply to a landowner hunting his own land, or hunting under the authority of a SCDNR depredation permit. No shooting or attempting to shoot from, on, or across any public paved road.

In order to assess the night hunting program, the person registering the property must report to the department the number of feral hogs taken under the provisions of this section within thirty days following the end of the twelve month registration period, or prior to registering the property again. Properties for which reports have not been submitted will not be registered again until such time that reports are submitted (50-11-715).

Feral hog cannot be hunted at night on WMA lands, but can be hunted during the day on WMAs where feral hog, coyote, and/or armadillo hunting is allowed. On WMA lands, weapons used to hunt feral hog are limited to the weapon(s) that are allowed for the current open season on the WMA unless otherwise specified — see WMA seasons listing in the Game Zones sections beginning on page 94, and see WMA feral hog hunting on page 106. The use of electronic calls for feral hog hunting is permitted statewide on WMA lands.

Dog hunting for feral hogs is allowed year-round on private lands statewide. On WMA lands in Game Zones 1 ans 2, feral hogs may not be hunted with dogs during still gun and muzzleloader hunts for deer or bear. Dogs can be used to hunt and bay hogs at night on private lands as long as the hunter(s) complies with the property registration requirement. Dogs can be used on WMA lands to hunt feral hogs only during special hunts with dogs – see WMA feral hog hunting on page 106.

Feral hog hunting on WMAs is permitted during any open season for game unless otherwise restricted (see specific WMAs). On WMA lands, weapons used to hunt hogs are limited to the weapons that are allowed for the current open season on each WMA. A hunting license and a WMA permit are required and hunters are required to wear a hat, coat or vest of solid international orange color while hunting. Hogs may not be transported alive. Hogs may not be hunted at night. On Special Hog Still Gun Hunts, weapons may include archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only except as specified for certain WMAs. For Special Hog Hunts with Dogs, no still or stalk hunting and only handguns permitted.

All dates in the below table are for 2019.

Area County Special Still Hunting Special Hunts with Dogs
(Handguns Only)
Game Zone 1
WMAs - Greenville, Oconee, Pickens (portions of Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens North of Game Zone 2 line)   January 2 - 10,
March 20 - 28
Game Zone 2
WMAs - Abbeville, Anderson, Chester, Cherokee, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lancaster, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, York, (portions of Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens south of Game Zone 1 line) except Keowee and Fants Grove WMAs   January 2 - 10,
March 20 - 28
Game Zone 3
Bear Island Colleton   March 7 - 9
Crackerneck Aiken   January 4 - February 22 (Fridays Only)
Donnelley Colleton   March 7 - 9
Francis Marion National Forest - All WMAs Berkeley March 4 - 9 March 18 - 23,
May 20 - 25
Hamilton Ridge Hampton   August 23-25,
March 7-9,
May 9-11
Palachucola Hampton, Jasper   August 23-25,
March 7-9,
May 9-11
Santee Coastal Reserve Charleston, Georgetown   March 11 - 16
Webb Hampton   August 23-25,
March 7-9,
May 9-11
Yawkey Georgetown Periodic announced hunts  
Game Zone 4
Great Pee Dee Darlington March 4 - 9 March 18 - 23,
May 20 - 25
Hickory Top Clarendon   March 11 - 16
Little Pee Dee River Complex Marion March 4 - 9 March 11 - 16
Manchester State Forest Sumter   March 11 - 16
Marsh Marion March 4 - 9 March 18 - 23,
May 20 - 25
Samworth Georgetown   March 12 - 17
Santee Dam Clarendon   March 11 - 16
Santee-Delta Georgetown   March 11 - 16
Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve Horry March 4 - 9 March 11 - 16
Wee Tee Williamsburg, Georgetown March 4 - 9 March 12 - 17
Woodbury Marion March 4 - 9 March 18 - 23,
May 20 - 25

The 2018 - 2019 Wild Hog Seasons on Private Lands and WMA's is provided in the Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format.